How Roald Amundsen won the Race to the South Pole
This panel exhibition of images and personal accounts reveals how, exploring some of the lessons Amundsen learnt from earlier experience in both polar regions.
In December 1911 Roald Amundsen planted the Norwegian flag at the South Pole, just weeks ahead of fellow polar explorer, Britain’s Robert Falcon Scott, approaching by another route. The tragic loss of the lives of Scott’s team is well-known. In contrast, how did Amundsen succeed?
This panel exhibition of images and personal accounts reveals how, exploring some of the lessons Amundsen learnt from earlier experience in both polar regions, Amundsen won the race to the South Pole.
Many of the images have never been displayed before. They were taken by the expedition crew, hand-coloured by Amundsen and used in his lecture series of 1912. See what the public saw in those heady days of icy exploration. Fascinating and fresh, this exhibition will surprise and delight.
Read Senior Curator Daina Fletcher's in-depth story about Roald Amundsen's epic trek to the South Pole, and Australia's part in it.
See just some of the evocative slides that form the core of this exhibition.
The exhibition is on in the Museum’s Vaughan Evans Library, Wharf 7 Maritime Heritage Centre.
Open Monday - Friday, 10.00 - 4pm, until 30 June 2017
Included in the Free Galleries Ticket.
Groups are welcomed on Fridays in March to enjoy a tour with a volunteer guide.
Created by THE FRAM MUSEUM, Norway
Sponsored by Royal Norwegian Embassy Canberra
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